Change the Relationship

Change the Outcomes

Change the Future

Dismantling Racial Bias So Every Child Can Succeed

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About Us

Alexs Pate created the Innocent Classroom to eliminate racial bias in our schools. Our child-specific practice dismantles bias. Centering each child’s individuality create classrooms in which every child and teacher believe they can be successful.

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What We Do

We partner with schools & systems to help them learn, implement, and sustain a practice of anticipating, approaching, and responding to their students & families in a way that replaces stereotyped expectations with individuality, helping educators achieve their goals and outcomes with each student in their care.

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More than 14,000 Educators for Innocence report improvements in teacher-child relationships, increases in academic growth and positive social engagement. Innocent Classroom Schools are defined by steep reductions in disciplinary incidents and improved school climate and culture.

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Our education system fails millions of our children. Poor grades and low graduation rates are accepted as the norm – with lasting consequences for students’ education and our social fabric.


We have not prepared teachers to teach all our children. The gap between educators’ lived experience and the students they teach grows every day, fueling the negative stereotypes that undermine achievement.


Our children are not who the world says they are. Regardless of virulent negative stereotypes, every student is innocent or has the potential to reclaim their Innocence. Every child is worthy of the investment of passionate educators.

Our Impact
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As more teachers take up the challenge, it changes the school: vocabulary shifts, practices evolve, and the culture rallies around students who are most wounded. Schools make progress as a community — classroom by classroom, year after year.

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Students… expect to be seen as disruptive, angry, argumentative, defiant, and unmotivated. But if someone hears them, respects them, cares about them, and tries to see their good, they change. They become approachable. They want to listen and learn.

Educator for Innocence,
Minneapolis Public Schools

Proven to narrow the achievement gap.

Innocent Classroom is having a significant impact in districts with some of the country’s deepest divides. Our approach to building relationships improves student performance and teacher practice where other programs fall short.

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